The Heroine’s Journey of Rosanna Lenci

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Love is a great word to use when asking me about my work… for me Design is a passion! I am in love with the decoding process, with reading between the requirements to find souls needing to interact, to feel, to touch, to see! I love making of each piece, each project a unique experience where my client meets a mirror in objects, systems, colours… Design is my way of satisfying others with a touch of useful, beautiful, with an identity, with a solution… it´s about a passionate, yet useful, way of pleasing!

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

I have not followed the rules on the linear schedule for a life, so I guess when I think about happiness I automatically see struggle… with this I mean: for me happiness has been a continuous war against difficulties and therefore a conquest of satisfactions! An amazing project delivered in good quality; a day under the sun just enjoying a landscape after three days of long work, great results and no sleep; a new beginning in a new country with so much to learn and so many people to meet; a cosy night under blankies watching a movie with my muses (my two daughters)… Happiness is not a finish line is moments when you take a breath and feel connected to a bigger essence.

What is my greatest fear?

Losing my kids! Definitely the biggest!
And then not being able to create, losing inspiration… it would feel like dying…

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Maybe it´s impatience… I feel like my mind is moving at bee speed and I struggle with waiting…

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I always admired Philip Starck, he always seemed so bold and free. Changing from one industry to another with so much fluidity! I still miss a bit of the humanitarian side of his work, but he is very inspiring in matters of aesthetics and innovation.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I think being independent is an extravagance! I have been criticised frequently for it! It´s my own great luxury… being stubbornly out of the grid!

On what occasion would I lie?

If it is going to hurt someone or if it will ruin a child’s own magic world!

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I completely dislike the financial side of my work. It sounds in my head like a crash to my creativity.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I was completely in love with a project where the goal was to design for visual thinkers! Just thinking how many walls could be broken if we could translate the mind of a child with ADHD or Dyslexia into words, without taking away that amazing three-dimensional power it entitles! Also a project to develop a system to make kids going through Cancer treatment less of a “medical” experience.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Maybe my, naive, level of trust.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Well I think the greatest achievement has been being bold and persistent. I never feared proposing something new and out of the ordinary. And persevering with my dream of having my own studio.

Where would I most like to live?

I have changed country a few times… I like Ireland for now, but I liked the hyperactive, hyper-creative environment of Bogotá and the possibility to find all suppliers in one city. But I think I still need to explore the world!

What is my most treasured possession?

My photos and videos… memory is an invaluable asset

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

At the moment… in Ireland, it would be the Gap of Dunloe… it´s breathtaking and so virgin to human intervention… in Cork the busy street of Oliver Plunkett… I like the cultural interactions in the air.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Well Cork has good places to eat the local food, but I like a tiny place in Grand Parade called the Three Amigos… it´s a small place with large windows and a cosy environment… and you can get a good chocolate with marshmallows or a cappuccino and maybe some quiche or salad… VERY SIMPLE! But the owners are so funny and welcoming, that I would go back a million times there! The Oliver Plunkett for the very Corkonian environment… and so many more places to go, like Kate Kieran’s in the Gap of Dunloe, The Mills on the way to Killarney…

In Bogotá… I would be lingering between the craziness and creativity at El Cielo, the typical family lunch at Crêpes and Waffles, my favourite Pad Thai in Wok or the best Colombian cuisine at Casa Vieja, or a delicious breakfast at Amado Bocado in city centre.

What books influenced my life and how?

Booooooks! The conversation with someone else’s letters! Demian by Hermann Hesse… a tale of a soul in search of itself… The Last Elf by Silvana de Mari, that elf was a dream of a being! He made me dream to become a better human (I was reading it to my daughters) The Little Prince… what can I say.. simple but so honest. The Ecclesiastes in the Bible… there is a time for everything!

Who are my favourite writers?

Poe hyperaesthesia meets art! Hesse, deep… a soul speaking about thoughts and feelings. Umberto Eco, love for cultures and their mysteries! Oscar Wilde, passion, soul and beauty. Pirandello, bold, sarcastic, creative. Rimbaud, Boudelaire, the dark side of passion. Suskind, smell in a bottle of gold. Cortazar, too honest, shivers. Borges, greatness. Shakespeare, language… Huxley, premonition. Collins, politics with fake names. Camus, charged with feelings. Philip Dick, possible future. Isabel Allende, women, skin. Virginia Wolf, liberation. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, connection to the female power. Yeats, narration. Too many to put in one paragraph.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The sound of waves, birds, piano played by Yann Tiersen or Satie. Sigur Ros, Olafur Arnalds, Agnes Obel, some Radiohead… Cellos, violins… the voice of my daughters singing…

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Merida DunBroch… bold, dreamer

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Margarita Matiz, she put Colombian design in the outer space with Frio! Zaha Hadid, powerful, innovative, bold. Coco Chanel, courageous, creative, divergent. Artemisia Gentileschi, strong, gifted, honest, brave. Richard Branson, fighter, entrepreneurial, fearless. Leonardo Da Vinci, complete. Michelangelo, unveiled art behind the stone. Klimt the colour of passion. Too many…

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

The Giver… no beauty, no feelings, no senses, no colours, no memories… sounds like a world without happiness. Collateral Beauty… needed to be longer and was just a taste, still amazing.

What role plays art in my life and work?

It’s the way I breathe, it´s linked with my heart in a profound way! There might not be a piece of design work I have not struggled to bring down to the Design grid from the Art clouds.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My mom! She is an artist and a designer as well! Amazing! Also my daughters. Sponsors… my clients… Partner in crime? A few crazy brave women I admire deeply!

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

Manuel Lima… something with writing and three dimensionality… Richard Branson, education projects.
Rogelio Salmona or Zaha Hadid if they were alive. Devina Khatari, design for health.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

Benjamin Hubert, Starck, Devina Khatari, Margarita Matiz

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

Imagospherium, the three-dimensional system for collaborative learning, and a Bionic Furniture line I am working on. Also my art! 😉

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

My website

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What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

There is no obstacle or opinion strong enough to make me give up a dream that was born when I took my first breath.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Margarita Matiz, Isabel Allende, Karine Soheme, Maria Cecilia Murcia,

How can you contact me?

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